Monday, October 27, 2014

UP NEXT: Columbia

When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. at Wien Stadium, New York, New York 

Record: 0-6 (0-3 Ivy)

All-time series: Yale leads 68-19-2

Last week: Columbia lost its 17th straight game and 11th straight game in Ivy play, falling 27-7 to Dartmouth. Andrew Dobitsch scored on a 9-yard pass by Trevor McDonagh. McDonagh threw for 282 yards. The Lions rushed for just 44 yards.    

Top players: QB Trevor McDonagh 211.2 ypg, 54.1%, 6 TD, 3 INT; RB Cam Molina 41.5 ypg, 1 TD, 44.7 ypg (receiving); WR Ryan Flannery 37.8 ypg, 1 TD; Toba Akinleye 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks; Trevor Bell 3 INT


Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the media lunch can you find out which of the injured will be returning this Saturday? Also, what's the story on Jon Bezney? Has he been hurt? Has he played in any games? If he's okay, this would be a good game to see what he's got. Thanks.
L et V

9:53 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To speak to our issues in the secondary. It looks like the SS and FS are strong and playing pretty well, CB seems to be a bit of an issue. What about Alessi, Bryan, Bernardez, Locke, or Hawk getting a shot to play? This would be the best week to get them some playing time to see if they have what it takes in coverage. I know Alessi has had some playing time already, and has seemed to look ok, but let’s get a look at him with a few series in a row under his belt and in the flow of a game to see how he looks. I’m sure if Rymiszewski can’t go this week though he will get the reps.

I don’t think I have seen Bryan, Bernardez, or Hawk at all this year. Bryan is the second on the 2-deep each week but I don’t recall seeing him much, although I believe he may have got in the game late this last game when the 2’s & 3’s appeared. The others I don’t believe I have seen. Maybe they should get a shot, although if they don’t appear on the 2-deep there are obviously reasons for that. Locke seems to get in for coverage purposes in nickel packages on some 3rd and long downs throughout the game. Obviously they have some confidence in him if he is getting minutes early in games. Now that it looks like we are getting some better pressure on the QB at times maybe its time to see if these guys can get the job done in the secondary. One of them may be able to shore us up for this important home stretch of the season. It’s clear that this is an area that needs improvement.


10:47 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:47 Rymiszewski is out for the rest of the year. You are not looking hard enough at the secondary, To often the SS,FS and corners are getting burned for long yardage even in double coverage IE the Penn game for one. This is the major problem with our defense. Putting in another Freshman with little or no experience as you suggest is not the answer a few series can cost you a few touchdowns and that could be all a now hungry team like Columbia needs!

11:40 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And one that relies almost entirely on the pass!

12:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The excuse is teed up ready to be used when the crimson roll into town. the injuries.

2:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the point you are attempting to make 11:40AM. But in knowing football you do understand that all DB’s have dual responsibilities. For example, when there are both FS’s or SS’s and CB’s covering receivers (which happens mostly with a cover 2 deep shell) aside from your initial responsibility (which differs between the safeties and corners) the CB’s job is to aggressively re-route receivers to give the 3rd level defenders time to play the run (which they have done well) at the line, and then play the pass secondarily over the top. That said, if you know the game, when 2 DB’s are beat deep (a CB and an FS or SS), most of the time in that particular coverage it is the CB’s error in that they must be physical with the WR’s immediately and then run with the coverage; where the FS and SS are responsible for a forward run read first and then drop into coverage.

All of the safeties have done a nice job with their run support and their pass coverage. Where they are not totally void of any blame, the difficulty definitely lies within the CB’s, whose responsibility in the run is usually limited to the perimeter. And to say that playing “non-experienced” freshman is again, as I have said numerous times, ridiculous. Crowle (when healthy) and Opplinger have done just fine as have the others; and we are 5-1. We just need to get guys playing well, regardless of their class. That is the game.


2:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the corners are 10 yards off the line of scrimmage the receivers could be girls. You can't jam and re-route someone 10 yards down field when they are running by you full speed. You are always in a trail position and this is how we are getting beat deep. After getting burned a few times the corners get gun shy and turn to cover deep and that is when we give up the easy short stuff. Change the scheme and the outcome will be a lot different.

2:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

L et V: Bezney played early in the season, but got hurt. Reno said he is bringing him along slowly. I will see what I can get for injury updates at practice today.

3:16 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its all a scheme issue. DBS just back peddling and covering air. Nobody uses their hands and trying to chase wide outs down the field. all scheme

4:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TNC 2:13 great point's and I agree with you however I'm not sure I have ever seen any of our corners get physical with any receiver and when and if the receiver does get re-routed there is no one there to cover. That has been an ongoing problem and FS SS or Corner they are all part of the secondary and that's a problem. 2:53 and 4:10 got it right. Whatever the solution is I hope they find it or the same will continue.

4:57 PM 

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